H1-B & H 4 VISA
- January 29, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
H1-B & H 4 VISA
Subject : International Relations
Context : A week after his inauguration, US President Joe Biden has withdrawn a Trump-era rule rescinding work authorisation for H4 visa holders, who are spouses of those possessing H-1B work visas, with majority being highly-skilled Indian women.
H1 B VISA
- The H-1B category is an expedient and lawful method to bring foreign-born professionals temporarily to the United States, and therefore one of the most widely sought after visa classifications for employment in the United States.
- The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H).
- It allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
- If a foreign worker in H-1B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the U.S.
- An individual may work in H-1B status for a maximum of six years.
- An H-4 visa is issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H-1B visa holders, most of whom are Indian IT professionals.
- The H4 visa is normally issued to those who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status in the US.
- An H4 Visa holder is allowed to remain in the US as long as the H-1B visa holder remains in legal status.